tv Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis Hold Joint Press Conference with Japanese... CSPAN August 17, 2017 10:24pm-11:00pm EDT
we are asking students to choose any provision of the u.s. constitution and create a video illustrating why the provision is important. >> secretary of state rex tillerson and defense secretary james mattis hosted a bilateral security meeting with the japanese defense minister and foreign minister at the state department. following the meeting, they held a joint news conference on north korea, u.s.-japan relations, and china's role in putting pressure on north korea. this 35-minute briefing begins with secretary tillerson on the terrorist attack in spain. secretary tillerson: good afternoon. i would like to start by
acknowledging the incident in barcelona which has the hallmarks, it appears, of yet another terrorist attack. we offer our condolences to the loss of life and the injuries that have occurred to so many innocent people yet again. we will continue to monitor the situation. we stand ready to assist law enforcement, national security authorities in spain. our consulates in barcelona and our entire mission spain team are currently assisting americans in spain who are affected by these events. we ask u.s. citizens in the area to let your loved ones know you are safe. terrorists around the world should know the united states and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice. and i aremattis grateful for the opportunity the foreignt minister and defense minister of japan today. the bonds america and japan have
forged over previous decades will continue to endure. today's honest and productive discussions reaffirmed our mutual commitment to confronting threats to regional peace and security. as you might imagine, we spent a fair amount of time discussing north korea. north korea's recent intercontinental ballistic missile and other missile launches are unacceptable provocations and must stop immediately. we agreed to bolster our alliance capabilities to deter and respond to north korea's and acceptable behavior and other challenges to regional security. in cooperation with other nations, we will continue to economictomatic and pressure to convince north korea to end its illegal nuclear and ballistic missile program. it was clear by the unanimous un security council resolution that was adopted as well as unanimous statements
from nations throughout the world, we all seek the complete, verifiable, yet irreversible the nuclearization of north korea. we again call upon all nations to fully enforce the united nations security council additional sanctions on the regime in north korea. againstremain vigilant the north korean threats through our military preparedness. the united states will honor our treaty agreements with japan without reservation in times of peace or in the face of conflict. we will also cooperate to advance trilateral and multilateral security and defense cooperation with other partners in the region, notably the republic of korea, australia, india, and other southeast asian countries. we also discussed our concern about the security department in the east china sea and south china sea. the united states and japan oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine japan us
administration of the sink a coup, and we reaffirm that article five of the u.s.-japan security treaty covers these islands. we also oppose militarization .ctivity in the south china sea maritime disputes should be settled peacefully in accordance with the united nations conventions on the law of the city. we maintain our unwavering commitment to the 2015 guidelines, and we have instructed our staff to accelerate their limitation. we also will explore new and expanded activities for surveillance and reconnaissance, training and exercises, research and development, capacity capacity building and joint and shared use of facilities. we discussed our deterrence to ensure the security and stability of japan and the
peace and stability of the asia-pacific region. we plan deep engagement through our extended deterrence and dialogue. both the united states and japan are committed to the realignment of u.s. forces in japan, which seeks to maintain operational and deterrent capability while limiting the impact on local communities. i welcome the resumption of the plan to construct the replacement at the camp and hinosaki waters. it addresses financial and strategic concerns and it voices the continued use of the marine corps air station. we hope to avoid further delays that will impede our ability to provide peace and security to japan and the region. we do express our sincere appreciation to okinawa for posting less military -- for
hosting u.s. military personnel and for playing a central role in the u.s.-japan alliance. the united states and japan will continue our shared resolve to protect our citizens and work for security and stability in northeast asia. our conversations today reaffirmed that we are stronger and more secure when we work together and we will continue that course of action. with that, i turn it over to foreign minister kono. minister kono: at the outset, the incident that occurred in barcelona, to those who have been sacrificed and their families, i would like to express my condolences. and to those who have been injured, i would like to express my sympathy. under no reason can terrorism be condoned. we absolutely condemn this. and at this very difficult time, i would like to express our solidarity to spain.
at the conference between the united states and japan, we had discussions which were rich and substance. i would like to thank all those who helped to make the conference a success. the conference was convened based on instructions from the leaders of the united states in japan on the occasion of prime minister abe's visit to the united states in february of this year. the situation in the asia-pacific has become increasingly severe. never has there been a time that calls for a more united and concerted response by the united states and japan. from such a perspective, we we had an in-depth discussion on the strategic environment of the asia-pacific region, beginning with the north korean situation.
to the first conference since the start of the trump administration, we were able to reaffirm the commitment of the u.s. and japan, which is extremely significant. the strong commitment to the region is extremely significant. on north korea, towards its denuclearization, we agreed we would rep up pressure -- ramp up pressure. we call on china to take specific measures to make north korea change its behavior. on the threats of ballistic missiles, as an alliance, we will strengthen our defense posture and capabilities and respond. we have agreed on this point. we have confirmed the
importance of the cooperation through the security treaty. we said our concerns regarding the situation in the east and south china sea. we reaffirmed that the islands are within the scope of article five in the u.s. security treaty and that we would oppose any unilateral behavior attempting to undermine japan's administration of these islands. for the peace and stability of east asia and east china sea, we will continue to cooperate with the united states. on the south china sea, we have confirmed that we need to continue to engage ourselves and watch for any acts that would impede freedom of navigation.
under the severe security environment, under all situations, the alliance must secure a seamless response and is extremely important. and we agreed that we would properly examine ways to strengthen the alliance. in the area of cyberspace, we would promote the japan-u.s. cooperation in new areas. we were able to achieve agreement on this. australia, and south asian countries, we will promote more than ever before cooperation and security and defense. the coastal nations of the indo pacific region and the capacity building in the area of marine security for japan will provide assistance to
the tune of approximately $500 million in three years to 2019. we want to deepen our cooperation with the united states on this front as well. for the transparent economic development of this region, between japan and the united states, we agreed we would closely cooperate. after the conference today, we affirmed it is indispensable to promote alignment of the u.s. forces and japan while mitigating the impact on okinawa and other local regions. in order to avoid it becoming a permanent facility, it would reaffirm that the only solution of relocation would be to honoko. i explained that in compliance with the present agreement, we would proceed with
relocation with strong resolve. we will make an all-out effort to realize the complete return of the futema air station. i also pointed out that it is important to make the effort to have the understanding of the local citizens on issues such as the airbase good -- the airbase. as a result of the conference today, we were able to elucidate the path that the u.s.-japan alliance should pursue in a security environment that is becoming increasingly severe. based on the results, we want to firmly move forward with measures to further strengthen deterrence and response capabilities of japan-u.s. alliance. thank you. sec. mattis: good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. it has been an honor for us to host japan's foreign ministers here. and i think anything better
demonstrate the importance our two nations place on this alliance than our counterparts traveling here so soon after assuming their positions. as you've heard, we have just completed warm and productive detailed conversations about the situations facing our nations and achieved highly useful results. we never take alliances for granted. we reaffirmed the trust between us. second, we have deepened and broadened our combined military efforts by improving on our bilateral relations and exercises. as president trump noted in february, the united dates -- the united states commitment to defend japan through the full range of military capabilities is unwavering. under article five of our mutual defense treaty and the extended deterrent commitment. as demonstrated by the un therity council resolution,
international community also recognizes north korea is a threat to asia and the world. japan and the republic of korea are on the frontlines against the north korean threat. we in the united states recognize any confrontation with north korea would pose an immediate danger to our allies. today's meeting is a reminder that each nation gains security in concert with other nations. the international community is speaking with one voice. north korea must stop its dangerous actions as we work to maintain security and denuclearize the korean peninsula. in light of the serious situation we face, we are accelerating implementation of the 2015 u.s.-japanfor the corporation. this includes our emerging
cooperation in such areas as space, counterspace, cyberspace and ballistic missile defense and maritime security. together, we will deter, and if necessary, defeat any threat. any initiation of hostilities will be met with an effective and overwhelming response. our two nations will demonstrate the strength of our alliance by continuing bilateral activities and by enhancing cooperation with the republic of korea. we call on north korea to choose a better path than one of provocation and threats. such a path is not in its own best interests nor the best interests of any other nation. thank you. minister onodera: i think we had a wonderful discussion. first of all, i would like to express my heartfelt
respect to secretary mattis and secretary tillerson for leading us to have such a great outcome at the meeting. in 2015, we had drawn up the guidelines and changed the guidelines following the new legislation. the defense cooperation between japan and the u.s. has deeply progressed and the alliance has never been so solid. however, if we look to the regional strategic environment in front of us, in front of our alliance, we have the pressing issue of north korea. north korea has plans to launch a ballistic missile to the waters of guam and advancing efforts to launch icbms ballistic missiles and militarizing nuclear weapons
to warheads. for this threat of north korea at this meeting, we agreed to increase the pressure and to strengthen the alliance capability. in light of the threat of north korea, the four of us confirmed the importance of the unwavering u.s. commitment to extend deterrence. also, u.s. forces have been deploying more assets in the in the asia-pacific region and have been showing their commitment visibly to the region. i would like to highly evaluate the efforts of the united states and also continuing with the united states, i would like to make efforts to enhance the defense capability and defense posture of japan. also, we shared our concerns on east china sea and south china sea situation.
we will deepen our defense cooperation and securing the peace and stability in east china sea as well as engaging nations in the south china sea. in order to secure seamless response in the alliance in any situation, we must constantly continue our efforts to strengthen the alliance. through today's discussion, we were able to seek specific direction for future efforts. moving forward, we will accelerate the implementation of further guidelines and promote cooperation under the peace and security legislation. we will expand peace and cooperation, such as surveillance and joint training. furthermore, we will continue to promote cooperation in ballistic
missile defense including acquisition of new assets and enhance capability such as space and cyberspace. we plan to strengthen further our joint response posture. along with this, in order to strengthen our own defense capability, we intend to review the national defense program and also work on the new midterm defense program. this was explained today. the presence of u.s. forces in japan is at the core of the alliance functioning as deterrence. at the same time, the operation of forces should take into consideration the local residents and secure safety. these are indispensable. from this standpoint, we were able to confirm our
steady advancement of the realignment of the u.s. forces in order to reduce the burden on the local people and secure safety. is transfer of the station the only solution to avoid [indiscernible] so we will steadily proceed with construction. the airbase, i have reviewed my request for the consideration to the local residents and securing safety. in light of today's outcome, i would devote myself even further for securing the safety and security of the people for any situation.
>> will begin with questions. cnn for secretary tillerson. reporter: i would love if both secretaries tillerson and mattis could answer a question on north korea. you wrote in your op-ed last week that, obviously, the u.s. prefers a diplomatic solution to the crisis in north korea. but you said that that diplomatic and economic efforts and pressure were, quote, backed by a credible military option. in recent days, steve bannon called the diplomatic and economic ratcheting up of tensions with north korea a "sideshow." he said there is no military solution and that the real issue is an economic war with china. does this reflect some kind of new opinion by the administration? or was he speaking for himself? and are you afraid that comments like this might
dilute the credible military deterrence backing your diplomatic and economic efforts? thank you. sec. tillerson: i don't really have a comment on what mr. bannon's remarks were in that particular interview. i read those. i think we have been quite clear as to what the policy and the posture toward north korea is. and i think secretary mattis and i, in that op-ed, wanted to inform, as best we were able to do, inform the american people first, but also inform our important friends and allies as to what our approach is. our approach has been endorsed by the president and is reviewed by him in terms of the status of how the approach is working and it is first and foremost, as you have seen, to undertake a concerted, deliberate campaign of exerting pressure on north korea to the extent, as best we can tell,
we did study previous attempts over the past two decades -- what is different in this campaign is the level of international unity around this campaign, the level of cooperation we are getting from china and from others in the region, and the intensity with which we are carrying out the campaign. obviously, any diplomatic effort in any situation, where you have this level of threat that we are confronted with, a threat of proportions that none of us like to contemplate, has to be backed with strong military consequence if north korea chooses wrongly. i think that is the message that the president has wanted to send to the leadership of north korea. it was really in response to this ever escalating levels of threat and rhetoric that were coming from the regime in pyongyang. you have heard the words. you've seen the videos that have produced. i think the president felt it
was necessary to remind the regime of what the consequences for them would be if they chose to carry out those threats. we are prepared -- we are prepared militarily. we are prepared with our allies to respond if that is necessary. that is not our preferred pathway. we continue our full out efforts with our partners and allies to bring that pressure on the regime in north korea with the view that, at some point, with a unified international message like we have never had before, they will realize the level of isolation they find themselves in. and that the future that they will face with that level of isolation is bleak, and will only become bleaker if they continue this pathway. so that is -- our effort to cause them to want to engage in talks, but engage in talks with an understanding that these talks will lead to a different conclusion.
-- a different conclusion than talks of the past. so we will continue that effort diplomatically first and foremost, but knowing that north korea is situated with a significant capability already within their grasp, i think it is only prudent that they fully understand the consequences should they make a bad choice for themselves. and obviously, there are consequences for others as well. >> next question from japanese media. my question is addressed to minister kono and secretary tillerson. the question is the following. dialogue in connection with north korea, with regard to north korea, what conditions must be met for you to decide that you can start the dialogue? in addition, at today's conference, to china, who
has influence over north korea, you have asked for resolute measures to be taken, and there was an agreement on this. however, until now, with regard to china, they have not sufficiently applied the kind of pressure the united states and japan are seeking. the efforts made by japan on japan and the united states, what is it lacking that china is not fully mobilized, please? minister kono: in july, concerns that north korea changes its course. and if it refrains from intimidating and provocative action and toward denuclearization, if it is ready to come back to serious dialogue, these measures to be taken
are important, first and foremost. there's no sense to dialogue for the sake of dialogue ,nd we agreed on this point between japan and the united states or japan and the r.o.k. the international committee will continue to apply its maximum pressure to north korea, i think there is a necessity in doing so. 90% of trade with north korea is accounted for by china. their role is very important. the humanth that feud resolution -- i agree with that. u.n. resolution is fully implemented, it could decreased by $1 billion.
we would encourage china to fully implement these measures after the 15th. oil and steel and seafood, china announced it would restrict importation of this. we saw an agreement to encourage the specific action by north korea. we will work on china to take responsible and constructive action and we would like to continue to seek china do this. >> from reuters, for secretary mattis. reporter: thank you. secretary mattis, i would like to ask you about afghanistan. do you expect to have a decision on the south asia strategy after tomorrow's meeting at camp david, and what should be expected to -- expect it to look like?
you've spoken about the events of charlottesville. i wanted to know if you wanted to add to any of those comments. sec. mattis: i can assure you that, in close collaboration with our allies, there are strong military consequences if dprk initiates hostilities. in regards to the afghanistan meeting tomorrow, we will meet with the president, secretary tillerson and i, and several others on the national security will move us toward a decision. i think it said -- i think i said it was yesterday that we are coming close to a decision. jeeps -- service chiefs, we continue not to serve
in the army, the navy, the air force, the marine corps. we serve in the united states army, united states navy, etc. in that regard, it is a widely diverse force. we look at e pluribus unum on our coins out of , many, one. we're one team and that's the way we stay. thank you. >> one more question from the japanese media. i have a question to secretary mattis and a question for minister onodera on military defense. north korea has planned to launch a ballistic missile andnd the waters of guam we're seeing tensions mounting. in the two plus two joint
statement, it is incorporated that japan's role would be expanded in the alliance. when the missile is launched, what specific actions would the u.s. take? and for japan, what would japan's role be in missile-defense? and what would the u.s. expect japan to do in the case of the launch of a missile? sec. mattis: very simply, in the event of a missile launch toward the territory of japan, guam, korea, wetes, south would take immediate military action to take it down. minister onodera: simply, in the event there is an attack on japan, we will use the assets available to us for the missile defense and we will defend japan.
but should different circumstances occur, we will solidify the relationship we have with the u.s. with close communication. we will defend the country. that is what we discussed today. >> thank you, everyone. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> coming up on c-span, house ways and means chair kevin brady on efforts to change tax policy.
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